Erica Levenson is a pianist, harpsichordist, organist, and music historian currently working towards her PhD in musicology at Cornell University. She grew up studying piano performance and pedagogy with Jane Bastien, author of the well-known Bastien Basics piano method. Erica has over ten years of experience teaching piano to all ages and levels. In addition to helping students establish a strong foundation in technique, sight-reading, and ear training, Erica seeks to instill a love of history, theory, improvisation, and performance in her students early on. She is also a devoted sticker collector and distributor.
Erica double-majored in music and English literature at the University of California, Berkeley where she received her Bachelors of Arts degree in 2009. At Berkeley, she studied piano with Julie Steinberg and harpsichord with Charlene Brendler and Davitt Moroney. She continues her keyboard studies at Cornell on the organ, under the tutelage of Annette Richards and David Yearsley. In addition to her interest in early keyboard instruments, Erica’s dissertation research focuses on the theatrical and operatic exchanges between France and England that accompanied the flow of music, musicians, dancers, and other performers across the Channel during the eighteenth century.